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Personal Data Out in the Open


What you did not know about your personal data?

Reddit, Imgur, Twitch, and a couple other major internet portals are about to hand over reams and reams of user data to university professors to do research on. How can the sites do it while still maintaining users’ trust?

Earlier this summer, Facebook ran into trouble with just that, when it came out that the company was altering users’ newsfeeds in order to experiment on them. Now, a new initiative, called the Digital Ecologies Research Partnership (DERP) will allow researchers to access user information and posts from Reddit, Imgur, TwitchFark, and StackExchange.

Read more here at vice.com

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.